People in the legal world are known for working long hours. There’s a good chance you get up early, stay up late and never really get enough sleep. This can lead to increased stress and a decline in overall work performance. It also can affect your physical health, as well as your family life, if that is important to you.
So what’s the key to making sure you don’t get so overwhelmed that you end up burned out? Take 20 minutes and look over a few time management strategies that could keep you sane for the long haul. A few ideas to start with:
- Prepare a task list for every working day. Take 15 minutes at the end of each day to come up with your most important tasks for the next day.
- Prioritize your tasks in order of importance and urgency. When all is equal, put what you’re least looking forward to first so you can get it out of the way and out of mind.
- Place complex tasks when you work the best and have the most energy. This is different for all people, so know when your high-energy times are, whether it is morning, post-lunch or late at night.
- Plan for the unexpected. Emergencies, whether real or imagined, are guaranteed to pop up throughout your day. Consider only answering the phone/returning calls during certain hours.
- Minimize interruptions. Give yourself an hour or two each day where you don’t answer the phone or emails and just let yourself be as productive as you can.
- Learn to delegate well. It is okay to assign tasks to lower-level employees, just make sure you don’t micromanage.